All alcoholic beverage and business licenses are subject to the Board of Commissioners approval. Additionally, many licenses types have Building and Fire Department inspection requirements and/or require Police Department approval, as well as, other types of requirements that departments outside of the Auditor's Office may provide. Licenses that are approved are always contingent on any other required department approvals being received.
Business License Applications
Applications are not considered complete, and will not be circulated for any department approvals, until all required documentation and application fees have been received. Once any applicable department approvals have been obtained, the application will be submitted to the next available City Commission agenda for the Board to grant final approval. The Board of Commissioners meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.
Annual Business License Renewals
Annual business license renewal notices are sent to all license holders at the end of October with a deadline of November 30th to return the renewal along with the annual fee.
Rules & Regulations
Information regarding specific legal requirements and regulations of all licensing can be found in the Williston Code of Ordinances.
See our Alcoholic Beverage Licenses page or our Business Licenses page for applications.
The City Auditor's Office handles the following license and permit types:
Bulk storage of hazardous materials & liquids
Frozen Dessert Vendor
Pet Shop, Kennel, Groomer or Pet Boarder
Vehicles for Hire - Taxi, Limousine, etc. Businesses & Drivers
Transient merchant licenses
Applications for these licenses can be found on our Business Licenses page.
Farmer & Flea Markets, Fairs, Carnivals, Circuses, etc.
For games of chance applications, see our Gaming page.
Game Site Authorization
Local Permit & Charity Local Permit for raffle, bingo, etc.
These permit applications can be found on our Alcoholic Beverage Licenses page.
Alcoholic Beverage - Special Event & Private Group
Alcoholic Beverage - Charitable or Civic Event
Other permit applications that are available can be found on our Permits page.
Street Closures & City Parking Lot Use
Starting a Business in Williston
If you would like to start a business in the city of Williston, you must first register with the State of North Dakota to apply for a fictitious name, obtain a Sales & Use Tax permit if needed, etc. You can find the information you need at the ND Business Portal.
701 577-8115 Building Department Our Building Safety can assist with new construction and renovation permits that may be needed for your business.
701 577-8107 Planning & Zoning For questions regarding the proper zoning for your business, starting a business in your home, or obtaining a temporary use permit for transient merchant sales, our Planning & Zoning department can assist you.
701 577-8110 Economic Development For further information on business incentives that can help your business, see the Economic Development STAR Fund page.
701 713-3839 Small Business Development Center The Williston SBDC partners with Williston State College and our city Economic Development to help new and existing business owners.
701 774-6400 Upper Missouri District Health Unit This organization can help answer your questions about opening a restaurant or tattoo businesses. See the UMDHU webpage for more information.